I am available for these and related workshops,
seminars, and groups. Please call or email me with any questions you may have or to arrange a workshop or seminar that will fit your
specific needs and interests.
The Controlling Bitch
Why would anyone want to hear a talk about bitches?
For centuries we have reviled the bitch. But what would happen if we
listened to her? This talk explains that she has a vital
message—a warning that can transform our individual lives and
help to restore balance to our one-sided patriarchal culture.
This workshop describes bitchiness as a symptom of
deeper dis-ease. The bitch, with her oppositional and controlling
nature, brings us in contact with the negative side of the patriarchal
power dynamic under which we have lived. She has the potential to
create personal transformation and social change. The gender wars that
took place in the 1960's indicated that the old ways of relating were
not working. It took radical feminist bitches to make it impossible for
men and women to remain in the old relationship dynamic. As our current
world circumstances reveal, this battle continues to be fought.
Power in the Therapeutic Relationship
This seminar examines the power dynamic underlying
relationship patterns in Western culture. Dr. Barbara Friedman explores
the historical context of the power-over relationship pattern and its
effect on the interaction between therapist and client. The traditional
authoritarian stance of many therapists is inimical to the nurturing of
personal power and is re-traumatizing instead of healing. By developing
an attitude of reciprocity and mutual respect, therapist and client can
become partners in healing.
Connecting the Paths: Yoga Philosophy, Asana
Practice, and Spiritual Psychology
Body, mind and spirit are all entrance points to
the deepest truth about being. Come explore these paths and their
connection. The practice of yoga—asana, breathing, and
meditation—and Jungian analytic psychology have the same
aspiration: a connection to the center point—the source,
the ekagrata—the place that allows us to transcend the tension of
The Jungian Concept of the Complex
In this class we explore the habitual patterns that
are hardwired into our brains using both the theory of Carl Jung and
modern neuroscience. Complexes will be discussed as patterns that form
around emotional life experiences and trauma, especially those of
infancy and early childhood.
An Experiential Seminar on Jungian Dream Work:
Dreams, The Connection to the Guiding Source Within
In this series, Dr. Barbara Friedman shares Carl
Jung’s teachings to help participants explore personal messages
given to them through dreams and active imagination. Using the dream
material of seminar participants, the group will explore such Jungian
concepts as the Self, complexes, archetypes, shadow, and anima and
animus, as well as investigate the personal meaning of the dream images
for the particular dreamer.
Pema Chödrön and Carl Jung:
“All Dharma Agree on One Point”
If the ego is well fortified, the suffering is
great. The recorded lectures of Pema Chödrön are used to
introduce the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Tonglen. Dr. Barbara
Friedman will facilitate a discussion of this practice and the
similarities between Chödrön’s teachings and the depth
psychology of Carl Jung.
The Feminine in Myth and Fairy Tale: A
Jungian Exploration of the Psychology of Women
This lecture and lecture series uses mythology and
fairy tales as an offering of wisdom from the collective unconscious.
Together myth and fairy tale enable us to regain aspects of the
feminine that have been submerged, providing us with new energy and
strength. Through these stories, we can uncover universal patterns that
underlie our experience. Myths and fairy tales help us to access to
deep psychological meaning.
Basic Jungian Concepts Series
This class is an introduction to the foundational
concepts of Jungian analytic psychology. Using Edward Whitmont’s
exceptional book, The Symbolic Quest, as the text, we will explore the basic principles of
Jungian theory. The class will discuss each chapter in a seminar